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Arsenal back on top of the Premier League

In a decisive Premier League clash, Manchester United suffered a disheartening 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford, a result that puts their chances of European football next season in jeopardy. Arsenal's victory places them a point ahead of Manchester City in the title race, though they remain dependent on other results to secure the championship.

United's crisis continues

Manchester United entered the game under significant pressure, especially after a demoralizing 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace earlier in the week. The hopes of bouncing back against a high-flying Arsenal were dashed early when Belgian forward Leandro Trossard tapped in a goal following Kai Havertz's setup. This early setback laid the foundation for a match where United struggled to pose any significant threat.

Casemiro, who lined up in defense due to multiple injuries among United's usual backline, found himself at the center of criticism yet again. Following a tough game against Crystal Palace where he was notably overwhelmed, the Brazilian was once more in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, including playing a part in Arsenal's goal.

Arsenal relies on defensive unit

After taking the lead, Arsenal displayed solid defensive organization, anchored by William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhães, which stifled United's attempts to level the score. Goalkeeper David Raya was called into action only a couple of times, reflecting United's lack of cutting edge in attack. Arsenal managed the game efficiently, absorbing pressure without too much trouble and maintaining their lead with relative ease.

European football in danger

The loss leaves Manchester United stuck in eighth place, with their hopes for qualifying for European competitions dwindling as the season nears its end. The possibility of missing out on Europe altogether is a stark reality, with the team now needing a miracle in the FA Cup final against Manchester City to salvage something from their season.

Premier League title race

As for Arsenal, their narrow win keeps their title hopes alive, placing added pressure on Manchester City, who must respond in their upcoming matches against tough opponents like Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. Arsenal fans will be watching closely, hoping Spurs can do them a favor by taking points off City. This season is crucial for Arsenal as they aim to end a two-decade-long wait for a Premier League title, recalling memories of their "Invincibles" season. Meanwhile, Manchester United is left reflecting on what might become one of their least successful seasons in recent history, highlighting the need for significant changes both on and off the pitch.